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The Big Doll House (1971)

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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Jack Hill

Writer:

Don Spencer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Brown ... Collier (as Judy Brown)
Roberta Collins ... Alcott
Pam Grier ... Grear
Brooke Mills Brooke Mills ... Harrad
Pat Woodell ... Bodine
Sid Haig ... Harry
Christiane Schmidtmer ... Miss Dietrich
Kathryn Loder ... Lucian
Jerry Franks Jerry Franks ... Fred
Gina Stuart ... Ferina
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Dr. Phillips
Letty Mirasol Letty Mirasol ... Leyte
Shirley de las Alas Shirley de las Alas ... Guard
Myrna De Vera Myrna De Vera ... Guard
Siony Cordona Siony Cordona ... Guard
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Soft young girls behind hard prison bars See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Women's Penitentiary III See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Grear: You son of a bitch! This is for Bodine. You're rotten, Harry. You know why? 'Cos you're a man. All men are filthy. All they ever want to do is to get at you. For a long time I let them get at me. That's why I'm in this dump. But no more. You hear me? I'm not going to let a man's filthy hands touch me again.
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Alternate Versions

The 18-rated UK release of this film was cut by 10 seconds by the BBFC. See more »

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Long-time Woman
By Hall Daniels
Performed by Pam Grier
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10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Big Doll House, The (1971)

** (out of 4)

Beautiful women, catfights, food fights, torture, lesbianism, mud wrestling and nudity are the highlights of this cult classic Women in Prison film from Jack Hill. There's always a slight bit of sleaze that makes this interesting but overall it's pretty dull without enough story and the dramatic moments don't work. Judy Brown and Pam Grier star.

It should also be noted that I prefer the rougher women in prison films by the likes of Jess Franco. Franco started this genre with 99 Women but I prefer his darker WIP films like Barbed Wire Dolls, Women in Cell Block 9 and Sadomania.


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